Brisbane Flood Update – Not Alone

Posted on Sun 01/16/2011 by


Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt


Flood Clean Up Volunteers


IT will go down in folklore as Salvation Saturday.

It was the day an army of big-hearted volunteers shouldering brooms, mops and shovels began digging and sweeping Brisbane out of the mud.

In a remarkable display of community spirit, more than 20,000 signed on for duty, ready to bend their backs to help fellow residents reclaim their homes and waterlogged possessions from the stinking sludge left behind by the worst floods in a generation.


Now Victoria’s turn:

TWO Victorian towns have been cut off and many more are in danger of being isolated after raging flood waters swamped the state…

Rochester, in Victoria’s north, and Charlton, in the state’s northwest, were hit by the worst of the disaster but up to a third of the state has been affected.

Fears are also held for Horsham, Echuca, Dadswells Bridge and Glenorchy with flood levels not expected to peak in many areas until this afternoon and, in some cases, as late as Wednesday.

More than 1000 properties were under water in the state’s north and west last night, but more than 1200 homes were expected to be inundated by this morning.

About 300 houses were affected in Victoria’s floods last September.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

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